Helllloooooo to the weekend!
Saturday starts with some lingering precipitation (light rain/snow) in the mountains. That will exit the region through the morning. Then, we’ll have gradual clearing across the region for the afternoon.
With the exiting precipitation, winds will be increasing a bit through the day. We can expect winds in the 10-25 mph range with some gusts approaching 30-35 mph at times.
Highs will range in the 40s in the mountains to the lower 50s east of the Blue Ridge.
Winds will lessen as we get into Saturday evening as skies will a few clouds could still linger, though most will remain mostly clear.
Lows will bottom out in the mid 20s in the mountains to the upper 20s to near 30 elsewhere.
Winds will ramp back up just a bit on Sunday – but quite as breezy as Saturday.
It will also be a bit warmer as we continue on the dry side. Highs will be in the mid 40s in the mountains to the lower and middle 50s further east.
By late in the day on Sunday, a quick-moving clipper system will likely bring some rain and snow showers into the mountain communities – mainly into the Highlands. We can’t rule out some very light snowfall accumulation in those mountain communities, say from Snowshoe to Cass and Monterey and McDowell.
We’ll dry out those locations on Monday but the winds will, once again, ramp back up in the 10-25 mph range with some gusts a bit higher than that. Highs may linger back into the 30s in the higher elevations; 40s elsewhere in the lower elevations of the Highlands and the NRV and the lower, maybe a few middle 50s further east.
The rest of next week looks largely dry, though we can’t rule out a few mountains rain/snow showers toward late week, those chances will likely remain along the western slopes.
Now, as far as the temperatures, they’re going to be all over the place next week.
For Tuesday, we’ll start a brief warm-up as highs climb into the 50s in the mountains and into the lower 60s further east.
Wednesday’s looking even milder with 50s to near 60 in the mountains and into the 60s to even near 70 for highs east of the Blue Ridge.
Then, we start the trend downward again as we’ll lose around 8-10 degrees on Thursday and another 8-10 degrees on Friday.
Enjoy the rollercoaster of a week ahead!
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